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How to Remove Anti-Climb Paint

Updated February 21, 2017

Anti-climb paint is a valuable tool when it comes to keeping vandals from defacing your property. Anti-climb paint provides a tough, slippery surface, which makes it nearly impossible to climb on. Unfortunately, the same properties that make anti-climb paint so useful also make it tough to remove (but not impossible). As with any paint removal process, use caution when you remove the paint because it requires you to handle toxic chemicals.

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  1. Don a pair of gloves and a sturdy smock. Wear clothes and shoes that you are not afraid to throw away. The anti-climb paint is almost impossible to remove from cloth and flesh, so wear clothes you do not mind getting dirty and also to protect your skin.

  2. Lay down a tarp beneath the area where you will remove the paint. This helps expedite your cleanup.

  3. Coat the anti-climb paint in white spirit. Due to the tough shell that the paint makes, you may need to help the white spirit remove the paint by peeling at it with a pallet knife. Gently scrap across the surface of the paint with the pallet knife instead of gouging into the surface.

  4. Scrub the paint surface to remove anything that the pallet knife does not remove. Use a stiff-bristled brush for the best results.

  5. Wipe down the paint surface after you finish scrubbing it. Use a cloth you are not attached to because you will most certainly have to throw it away once you finish. Never rinse off the paint surface because the white spirit will seep into the ground, which is bad for the environment.

  6. Pick up the tarp once you finish removing the paint and dispose of the paint chips on it. You may need to rinse it off to remove all the paint chips from the tarp.

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Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Smock
  • Tarp
  • White spirit
  • Pallet knife
  • Brush
  • Cloth

About the Author

Shae Hazelton is a professional writer whose articles are published on various websites. Her topics of expertise include art history, auto repair, computer science, journalism, home economics, woodworking, financial management, medical pathology and creative crafts. Hazelton is working on her own novel and comic strip while she works as a part-time writer and full time Medical Coding student.

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